“Reach! Reach!...Let it run.." These are the phrases you might hear a caller — the person drumming at the front of a dragon boat — shout during a practice or a race to keep the team paddling swiftly and with force.
THE SPORT: A dragon boat is essentially a canoe, but it’s about 40 feet long and outfitted in a dragon head and tail, per Chinese tradition. It’s also powered by 22 people: 10 paddlers on each side who propel the boat forward with 4-foot paddles, a caller who keeps the paddlers on time, and a steerer who keeps the boat on course. The boats move fast; most regular teams finish a 500-meter race in about two minutes. TheSilver Lining Team races in 200-meter, 500-meter or 2K distances. The sport doesn’t just fire up your arms; it’s a full-body workout since each stroke originates from your quadriceps, hamstrings and core. The scenery isn’t too bad either. Our team enjoys the sunshine, the sunset and the beautiful scenery of Salmon Lake
STRONGER TOGETHER: But the most enticing aspect of dragon boat might be the social one. You can train, you can be in shape, but the secret to success is really synchronicity: working together as a TEAM. There’s a great camaraderie that develops as a unit.
GETTING STARTED: Come as you are; just don’t call it “rowing” instead of “paddling,” a dragon boat faux pas. If you want to have fun and you’re willing to get wet, that’s pretty much the prerequisite.
THE COMMITMENT: Silver Lining Racing Team practices from May to late September, two to three times a week for about 2 hours . Our team competes in 3 to 4 regattas per season in both Canada and the US.
FEES: The cost is free for the 1st year paddlers. A minimal annual membership fee will apply to experienced paddlers to cover boat use and other expenses. By implementing a fee, there's a vested interest since this is a pay-to-play sport. If someone has financial difficulties, we can work with them to make it feasible. This is a FREE activity for all metastatic sisters.
Placid Lake, MT, 2019
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